Monday, February 27, 2017

NHL trade review: Habs and Stars make swap of defensemen

The Montreal Canadiens have acquired defenseman Jordie Benn from the Dallas Stars in exchange for defenseman Greg Pateryn and a 4th round draft pick in the 2017 NHL draft. Let's get into details.
       The Habs were the top team in the league at one point, but have dropped off since. They fired head coach Michel Therrien, replacing him with Claude Julien. They sit first in the Atlantic division with 72 points (a record of 33-21-8), but the Ottawa Senators, who have two games in hand on the Canadiens, trail by just 2 points. Making this move upgrades this defensive core. Benn is slightly better than Pateryn (in my opinion) and the 4th round pick isn't much. Benn, 29, has 15 points (2 goals and 13 assists) in 58 games with the Stars this season.
        The Stars are sellers. They sit 9 points out of a playoff spot with 58 points (a record of 24-28-10). They recently traded winger Patrick Eaves to the Ducks. It makes sense why they would trade Benn, but Jordie's brother, Jamie Benn, is the Stars captain and best player. It could affect Jamie's play without Jordie, but GM Jim Nill made a solid move. Pateryn will replace Jordie Benn for the rest of the season, and the 4th round pick is an extra selection. Jamie Benn was a 5th round pick, so a 4th can turn out to be a star. Pateryn, 26, has 6 points (1 goal and 5 assists) in just 24 games with the Habs this season.     

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